Mineral County is predominantly rural, with some mountainous terrain, and it enjoys a relatively mild climate. While there are some small farms, commercial and light industry, employment is mainly in the service areas. Quality of life influences those who find employment in the Cumberland, Maryland area and as far as Winchester, Virginia to return to their homes in Mineral County.
Located in the Potomac Highlands Region of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, Mineral County includes 328 square miles. Bordered on the North by the Potomac River and Allegany County Maryland, Keyser, the county seat of local government, is 150 miles from Baltimore, 120 miles from Pittsburg, 140 miles from Washington, but 254 miles from Charleston, the West Virginia state capital. Distance to nearby metropolitan areas and markets are listed below.
Baltimore, Maryland 150 miles|
Charleston, West Virginia 242 miles
Hagerstown, Maryland 88 miles
New York City 316 miles
Norfolk, Virginia 285 miles
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 236 miles|
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 120 miles
Richmond, Virginia 205 miles
Roanoke, Virginia 204 miles
Washington, DC 140 miles
Highways serving the Mineral County area are Interstate 68, US 40, US 220. and US 50. Motor freight carriers with terminals serving the Mineral County area include Best Way, J.R. Spencer Trucking, Quality Supplier, Tomar, Inc. and General Delivery. Railways within Mineral County are owned and operated by CSX. Air transportation is provided through the Cumberland Regional Airport in Wiley Ford, WV. The Cumberland Regional Airport features a paved runway 5,050 feet long. US Air currently provides commuter service between the regional airport and Pittsburgh three times daily. Additional service to Baltimore Washington International Airport will be established in the near future.
Mineral County enjoys a relatively mild climate. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 30 degrees. July is considered the warmest month with an average temperature of 74 degrees. Annual rainfall averages approximately 16 inches; annual snowfall averages 23 inches.
Voter Registration Information
Any Mineral County resident may register to vote at any time in the clerk of the County Commission’s office Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 p.m. Valid identification is requested, which includes WV driver’s license, birth certificate or passport.
Voter registration forms are also available by mail and through the DMV If a voter registers by mail, the poll worker will ask to see valid identification at the time he appears to vote in the election.
Anyone wishing to register for a particular election must do so at least 30 days prior to that election. Name changes and address changes may be made any time. The County Clerk’s address is: 150 Armstrong Street, Keyser, WV 26726, Phone: 304-788-3924.
Mineral County residents have a number of options to consider when choosing where and in what type of area they would like to live. Many choose the efficiency and simplicity of apartment living. Those who wish to own their own homes may choose between secluded country homes, a fashionable old house with plenty of history behind it, or a custom built modern home located in one of the area's many landscaped housing developments.
Mineral County is continually growing to meet consumer needs by making shopping in our area economically competitive and convenient. From the major department store to the specialty shop and from the major grocery chain to the roadside vegetable stand, Mineral County has it.
Safety and security are not an issue in Mineral County as West Virginia has one of the lowest overall crime rates in the country. Several of the towns have their own police departments, the County has a well-staffed sheriff's department, and the state police maintain a barracks between Keyser and Fort Ashby.
Rescue Squads and ambulance services are available with highly trained crews on alert for emergencies that may occur in the home or on the road. Medivac services are available to speedily handle medical emergencies in the more remote and rural areas of the County.
The Enhanced 911 System is available for all of Mineral County.
Keeping a family happily healthy in Mineral County is not a problem as several fine dentists and doctors have made Mineral County their home. And in the close-knit communities of Mineral County, residents often find that the family doctor or dentist is not only the family physician but also the family's friend as he or she often becomes a familiar face at church or at area social gatherings.
Keeping pace with the rest of America, Mineral County offers a wide variety of dining experiences to choose from. The fast food aficionados are pleased to have Burger King and McDonald's in Keyser. The pizza fan has Domino's, Pizza Hut, Fox's, and others to choose from.
Several restaurants are available to satisfy the tastes of fine diners, and when time is running a little short in the evening, take-out services allow those with busy schedules to bring home Mexican, Chinese, Italian, or American meals.
Homemaker and 4-H youth clubs are found in or near each community. Homemakers receive monthly training on topiics ranging from recycling to nutrition. The 4-H groups participate in monthly meetings, summer camps, field days, judging team events, public speaking, and teen activities to name a few.
The Mineral County Extension Service provides a variety of eductional opportunities. Farmers, homeowners, and the general public can receive training or information in gardening, soil testing, pesticide use, livestock raising and breeding, small fruit production, lawn care, insect identification, and other concerns.
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